National Suicide Prevention Week

Pardon the interruption from the normal techie/photography/legal stuff I normally blog about. I just realized today that this is National Suicide Prevention Week, and wanted to share some important information about suicide prevention with all of you.

The reason I wanted to share this is, not only is it important to know the warning signs, and where to get help for yourself, but because this is something very close to my heart. As many of you know from having read Child Abuse Survivor website, I have had my share of mental health issues over the years. Included in that, was a suicide attempt that I was lucky enough to have not thought out very well in advance, meaning I only have one small scar to remind me of it. Many others are not that lucky.

At the time of my mental health issues turning my life into chaos, most people were completely caught off guard, never suspecting that this was coming. In retrospect, I can see now where many of the warning signs were there, we were just too ignorant and immature to recognize them. I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the links below and learn from my mistakes. I’m sure glad that I’m still here to learn from them.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week in the US, and it just so happens that Friday is also World Suicide Prevention Day.

I wanted to take a moment and highlight the Take 5 to Save Lives program that the National Council for Prevention of Suicide has put together for this year. I think there are some really good ideas, and ways for you to be involved in being more aware about suicide risks, and how you can help.

1. Learn the signs
2. Join the movement
3. Spread the word
4. Support a friend
5. Reach out if you need help

Please take a moment and visit the website and learn about the warning signs first and foremost, and then be aware of them, both in yourself and the ones you love.

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